29 Jun
Highlights of the 2014 State Dept. Human Rights Report on Turkey

The State Department has released its annual Human Rights Report on Turkey, which states that one of the most significant human rights problems in 2014 was impunity and weak administration of justice. The report details that Turkey’s judiciary and law enforcement remain politicized, specifically mentioning the case where the government reassigned thousands of police and prosecutors in response to an anti-corruption investigation being conducted on senior government officials and their families. ...

29 Jun
Yemen Talks Lose Momentum, UN Envoy Hopeful

Photo Credit: AFP As fighting continues to rage in Yemen, prospects for a ceasefire look increasingly dim. UN-brokered peace talks in Geneva ended without any agreement between the Saudi-backed government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels. The ...

29 Jun
Libya’s UN Peace Deal “Within Reach”

Photo Credit: UNSMIL Libya’s warring factions sat at the same negotiating table for the first time since March at UN peace talks this weekend in Morocco. While the Tobruk and Tripoli delegations left the talks without initializing the peace ...

29 Jun
Event Notes: “Rouhani at Two Years: An Assessment on the Cusp of a Nuclear Deal.”

On June 25, 2015, the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center along with the United States Institute of Peace hosted a panel for a discussion titled, “Rouhani at Two Years: An Assessment on the Cusp of a Nuclear Deal.” Panelists included Robin Wright, distinguished scholar and journalist; Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute; and Karim Sadjadpour, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. To watch ...

25 Jun
Moroccan Website Fined for Defamation of Government Official

Photo Credit: Revue Afrique On Monday, a Casablanca court ordered Moroccan website Goud.ma to pay 500,000 dirhams (or 46,000 euros) in damages for defaming the King’s private secretary, Mounir El Majidi. The website was prosecuted a response to the verdict, ...

23 Jun
Event Notes: “A New Foreign Policy for America”

On June 22, 2015, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center to outline his principles for a new American foreign policy. He discussed eight principles which he believes should guide U.S. policy moving forward, followed by a discussion with Aaron David Miller, the Vice President for New Initiatives at the Wilson Center. To watch a webcast of the event, click here. To read these notes as a PDF, ...

22 Jun
HASC Hearing Notes: U.S. Policy and Strategy in the Middle East

On June 17, 2015, the House Armed Services Committee hosted a hearing titled, "U.S. Policy and Strategy in the Middle East,” with testimony from Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey. Chairman ...

18 Jun
Hearing Notes: Nomination of Gayle Smith for Administrator of USAID

On June 17th, 2015, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations heard the testimony of Gayle Smith for her nomination as Administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). To view a recording of the event, click here. To read these notes as a PDF, click here. Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) first introduced Smith, stating it was beneficial that she served under Obama at the National Security Council, and applauded her ...

18 Jun
Hearing Notes: Assad’s Abhorrent Chemical Weapons Attacks

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing titled “Assad’s Abhorrent Chemical Weapons Attacks.” Witness included Ambassador Robert Ford, senior fellow at The Middle East Institute; Dr. Mohamed Tennari, Idlib Coordinator at the Syrian-American Medical Society; Farouq Habib, Syria Program Manager at Mayday Rescue; and Dr. Annie Sparrow, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Program. Continue reading below, or click here for a PDF. Chairman Ed Royce ...

18 Jun
Morocco Human Rights Issues Spotlighted amid Leaks, Expulsions

Photo Credit: Western Sahara Action Forum According to a leaked United Nations report, Morocco has actively pressured the UN to ignore humanitarian issues in the Western Sahara. The Kingdom reportedly intercepted UN communications, made donations to the UN office of ...

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